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The Girl Who Wouldn't Die (George McKenzie, Book 1) by [Riches, Marnie]
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About the Author

Marnie Riches grew up on a rough estate in Manchester, aptly within sight of the dreaming spires of Strangeways prison. Able to speak five different languages, she gained a Masters degree in Modern & Medieval Dutch and German from Cambridge University. She has been a punk, a trainee rock star, a pretend artist, a property developer and professional fundraiser. In her spare time, she likes to run, mainly to offset the wine and fine food she consumes with great enthusiasm.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1349 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Maze (2 April 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00U1K18VY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 400 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,760 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have one word for the suspense in this book – unrelenting. It's meaty, gritty and raw. In fact, it has everything you want from a crime thriller.

Meet George (Georgina) McKenzie. Fiesty. Ballsy. Conceals an OCD side. She’s a young woman who thinks she's in charge of her life, but as we will see it’s a life that is not entirely her own. She’s a complicated character, with a past she can’t forget.

There’s been an explosion. Due to the circumstances, suspicions are pointing to a terror attack and the police need help to draw out the culprit. They ask George to create a controversial post on her student blog and wait for the comments to come flooding in, but the consequences are nothing like she or the authorities could ever imagine.

‘Creaking’ Paul Van Der Bergen is the officer on the case. He’s aloof and slightly touched by hypochondria, but like Georgie he has a yearning for the truth. He now dwells among some of the best fictional people I’ve met in a book – Marnie Riches has achieved an incredible feat with her carefully placed, subtle descriptions of him. The conversation exchange he has with George is utterly brilliant.

Despite several warnings, George's personality traits mean that she's a meddler, when she should leave well alone. More carnage later, a breadcrumb trail being left by a watcher in the shadows is starting to emerge, and the end of the road will have a massive impact for George and those around her.

From Amsterdam to Cambridge, circling the mean streets of London and back again, the story rages along – it stops to breathe periodically, but even then your mind’s ticking over and contemplating the ever changing plot.
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As an avid reader of Crime thrillers and, in particular, "Euro Noir" by the likes of Jo Nesbo, Stieg Larsson etc., I was intrigued to try out this debut novel by Marnie Riches, which takes in Amsterdam, London, Germany and Cambridge.

The blurb from the publisher states that this is "A thrilling race against time with a heroine you'll be rooting for, this book will keep you up all night!" Well, I can certainly concur with this, having been hooked to this story from the outset and throughout the fast-paced and tautly-written story - I finished this within two days! "Page turner" is a cliche, but I needed to keep reading to find out what happened next and how the intricately linked story strands would tie together by the end.

This is a supremely confident work that belies the claim that this is the author's first crime novel. The key thing for me that made it stand out from similar items in this genre, is the strong, fully-formed and multi-layered depth of the lead character who is also mixed-race (very unusual in any genre and a really refreshing change). She is a genuine herione who is flawed in a very human way, making you root for her from a very early stage. This contrasts with other recent female leads in literature, who still seem to be mired in some very male-dominated tropes rather than celebrating a more outwardly confident and independent female lead without the need to write in deeper "female flaws" or dependence on males. I'm male myself but found this to be an exciting new direction that hopefully be picked up by future books in this genre.
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The Girl Who Wouldn't Die is a dark fast paced thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat right until the end.

Set mainly in Amsterdam, the author does a great job in describing university life and also the prostitution and drug scene that Amsterdam is notorious for, so much so it almost felt like I was there.

Georgina 'George' Mckenzie originally from the UK is a student studying at the University of Amsterdam. As she is training to be a criminologist she becomes extremely intrigued when her friend Ad rings her to tell her about a suspected suicide bomber that has been killed nearby to where she is staying.

Things start to get very interesting from this point and George starts sticking her nose into police matters much to the annoyance of Paul Van Den Bergen.

I loved the relationship between George and Paul as well as her relationship with Ad. Over the course of the story you can tell that Paul starts to care about George in a fatherly way and I enjoyed seeing the bond between them grow. Ad for some reason actually stood out more to me than George in this book. I really don't know why. I really liked George's character as she is a very strong willed woman and nothing seemed to phase her, but there was just something about Ad that just appealed to me more. I don't know if it is because he felt to me more vulnerable but he just came across as a really nice guy and someone you would be lucky to have in your life.

I really enjoyed this book and I certainly look forward to reading more by Marnie Riches.
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